Good On The Rise

Consolidating a place in the starting eleven and earning selection to the Young Socceroos has highlighted Curtis Good’s impact during his debut season.

Consolidating a place in the starting eleven and earning selection to the Young Socceroos has highlighted Curtis Good-s impact during his debut season.

Arriving from the AIS, Good was arguably one of the less heralded signings to join Heart during the Club-s off-season recruitment campaign, which also netted Fred, David Williams and Mate Dugandzic.

But his performances this season certainly haven-t gone unnoticed, prompting his elevation to the Young Socceroo squad.

However, despite acting as a shining light throughout the first four weeks of the season, Good has revealed he boasted rather modest expectations heading into the season.

"I wasn't expecting to play games this early and I didn't set a games target," Good told the Herald Sun.

"But my AIS coach (Jan Versleijen) said, 'If you play 10 games, whether you start or come off the bench, you should be happy'.

"It happened very quickly. We don't have many defenders in our team so it's an opportunity I have to take.

"The coach (John van't Schip) has been brilliant. He's given me an opportunity and really supported me and I think he was one of those who in his playing days was given a chance as a youngster, so age isn't an issue for him."

Demonstrating a tremendous aptitude and capacity to develop his game, Good-s influence has been such that his departure for international duty has prompted a selection dilemma for the Red and White, leaving a void in the centre of defence.

But with fellow rising star Brendan Hamill waiting in the wings, van ‘t Schip has a ready-made replacement to partner Simon Colosimo.